Interdisciplinary Award FAQ’s

Who can apply?

A biomedical scientist working in clinically relevant medical research is acceptable. The clinician or biomedical scientist must have an established academic track record and be in a tenured position at least for the duration of the award.

Both lead applicants should be UK based and preferably from the same institution. Overseas collaborations can assist if this enhances the research but the funding can only go to the UK based lead institution.

A PI from the Hospital Trust is acceptable and presumed will be Medicine lead.

Yes as long as the lead institution is agreed and this becomes that institution’s one and only application. The funding must be managed by that lead institution.

Your application would have to be selected on behalf of the whole institution

The past ID winners have all been in tenured position and the applicant must be in-contract for at least the duration of the project.

What collaborations are acceptable?

Yes once you have your cross discipline lead PIs then additional collaborations are possible.

Yes, we’re happy to consider applications where the company is contributing matched-funding. Our preference is for 50:50.

Will my project fit the remit of this call?

Line of sight to clinic is essential for a successful application. It doesn’t have to result in patient benefit by the end of the grant but must be a clear plan on how this will be achieved within 5-10 years post-grant. 

The projects are chosen on their own merits and interdisciplinarity and not biased towards any particular area of medicine.

The quality of the project and the potential impact on human health is of highest importance. We usually fund research that affects UK patients and some of our research is from tropical medicine which may affect a small population in the UK with an impact worldwide. There is therefore scope if a small UK population will also benefit.

Yes, we also fund translational research in pre-clinical animal models

Will my project fit the remit of this call?

Yes, we will fund directly incurred costs associated with the project e.g. salaries, consumables and animal costs. We will consider travel costs (max. £1000) and small equipment costs (max £1000) that are essential to the project. We do not fund directly allocated or indirect costs, PhD tuition fees or publication costs.

The grant offer is for £300,000 over 3 years i.e. £100,000 p.a. Even though you justify in your application why the research can be completed in 2 years the £300,000 will still be released over 3 years if you are successful. You will receive payment at the start of the project as soon as all the relevant paperwork and agreement is in place. After that progress updates will determine the next payments. No invoices will be necessary.

Depending on the quality of the applications we have funded up to 3 ID prizes. One fully funded by RT, one with a co-donor and one part funded (50%) with funds made up by the university.  However this is a decision made by our advisory panel on a yearly basis.